BIOTIC Species Information for Ceramium virgatum
Researched byDr Keith Hiscock and Paolo Pizzolla Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Fabio Rindi
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound on most suitable shores around Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionMaggs & Hommersand (1993) note that the 'Ceramium rubrum complex' is widely distributed in the North Atlantic but the distribution of component species requires reassessment.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationCeramium virgatum may be particularly abundant in the summer. It thrives in rockpools and occurs in still water situations where dilution with freshwater is likely to occur.

Substratum preferencesCobbles
Gravel / shingle
Artificial (e.g. metal/wood/concrete)
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Strait / sound
Ria / Voe
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Strait / sound
Biological zoneMid Eulittoral
Lower Eulittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Wave exposureExtremely Exposed
Very Exposed
Moderately Exposed
Very Sheltered
Extremely Sheltered
Tidal stream strength/Water flowWeak (<1 kn)
Very Weak (negligible)
SalinityVariable (18-40 psu)
Full (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Dickinson, 1963, Fish & Fish, 1996, Maggs & Hommersand, 1993, Whelan & Cullinane, 1985, NBN, 2002, Hardy & Guiry, 2003, Hardy & Guiry, 2003,
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